MOHSS launches 'Where is my TPT' campaign

MOHSS launches 'Where is my TPT' campaign

The Ministry of Health and Social Services launched a campaign called 'Where is my TPT' to create more awareness on effective TB treatment.
TB is said to be the most common cause of death among people living with HIV and with the TB Preventive Therapy Treatment (TPT) this can be prevented.
TPT is a strategy aimed at preventing TB by ensuring that every person at risk especially with HIV or certain health problems or medication that impairs the immune system, is initiated on preventative therapy to reduce the risk of contracting TB.
The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Utjiua Muinjangue, says scientific studies show that TB deaths are reduced by 60% to 90% among those on TPT and ARV's.
More than 87 000 patients have been initiated on TPT since 2018, however, only 58% of this number completed the course.
The Ministry says it is worrisome and needs more intervention.
"Where is my TPT" campaign is aimed at empowering the public, particularly people living with HIV on their right to demand and receive one course of TPT as well as educating health care workers on the importance of initiating patients who meet the requirements.